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Mountains

Mountains…sometimes you find yourself surrounded by them. You’ve tried to go over them. You’ve tried to go under them. You’ve tried to go around them. You’ve even tried to go through them…..but what we are so quick to forget is the authority that we have been given. If you had faith a small as a mustard seed you would look at a mountain and tell it to move and it would move!! Stop allowing the situations of this life consume you!!! Especially believers!! We serve an awesome God and when we allow our situations to consume us we reflect a God that is not big enough, a God that is weak, a God that is unsympathetic to our needs. Who would want to serve a God like that???? The lost are always looking upon those who believe. Watch what you reflect!!

2 Kings 21 and 22

This morning God lead me to these chapters. In these chapters you will find the lives of 3 Kings. Manasseh (Son of Hezekiah) Amon (Son of Manasseh) and Josiah (Son on Amon)

When I began chapter 21 I was kinda shocked. King Manasseh was nothing like his father Hezekiah in fact he was the absolute opposite. It was almost as if he set forth to destroy everything that his father did. He tried to push the Lord right out of Judah and Jerusalem and the people of God just let him. It’s crazy Gods chosen people were just persuaded to allow this to go on. So crazy. He reined for 55 years. He places alters everywhere even the house of God he didn’t call on the prophets but spiritists and mediums. He did so much evil on the sight of the Lord that it literally provoked God to anger (v. 6) God was so angry that He said “I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish. Wiping in and turning it upside down” (v 13) I don’t know about you. It to me that sounds pretty horrible! I know that when I wipe a dish out I leave nothing behind….

One mans compromise brought a whole nation into calamity.

Manasseh dies and then his son Amon takes the thrown. And for a brief second my mind think ok cool maybe this dude right here will have some kind of common sense and fix what his daddy broke. But nope👎🏽 this dude follows straight in His Fathers footsteps, just so much evil…he didn’t even get to really rein as King. After 2 years his own servants turned on him and killed him in his own home. (v 23)

Ok so I go into chapter 22. Thinking…can King Josiah get this right? Josiah takes the thrown at 8 yeas old. And verse 2 says “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his Father David and he did not turn aside to the right hand or the left.” And I had to reflect on that for just a second. Manasseh and Amon were both older than Josiah when they took the thrown. Josiah was literally a third grader you guys! And he had more sense then them all! It took a child to take the thrown to fix a nation and bring them back to God. Think on that!!!

King Josiah went on to repair the temple in verses 3-7 he sends his high priest out with a pretty penny and tells him to take it to those that are in charge of the temple. And he also asks him not to keep track of the money…no accounting ( I had to kind giggle about that….how many of you would give the church a large amount of money and not want to know what the church is doing with it lol….but I’m gonna sip my tea right there)

So when the high priest gets there her give them the money and he also receives a scroll. It was the book of law for the house of the Lord. It was brought to the King and before him. And the king falls down in repentance. The book stated that God wrath was against them because of his father and his fathers father (I so could have put grandpa here but I wanted to be proper lol). King Josiah repents and tells the high priest to pray on his behalf as well. So high priest goes to a prophetess (that’s right women do have a place in ministry for all those Timothy quoters out there!! Lol) the prophetess speaks blessings because Josiah had followed the Lord. And that message was brought back to the king. God used a child to save his people but it wasn’t the last time he would do that.

 

Christmas Event Outreach Spots Filled

We want to thank everyone for their interest in our Christmas Grocery Giveaway.  Due to the overwhelming response, we have already filled all of the open spots and have taken down the sign-up information page on our website.

Please note:  Because this was a pre-registered event, we cannot take walk-ins for this event and will not be able to provide groceries for those who weren’t already pre-registered.  We thank you for your interest and stay tuned to to our website for future outreach events.  

Dayspring Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service-blankBe sure to join us on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6pm for our Christmas Eve service.  This 1 hour service is open to the public and it’ll be a great opportunity for the entire family to focus on the “Reason for the Season”.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Jude Sermon Series: The Wake-up Call

jude_thumbLast week we started our four week sermon series on the Book of Jude. Last weeks Sermon called “Contender or Pretender” over the first four verses of Jude focused on Jude’s passionate plea for Christians to “protect the faith” from apostasy and false teachings.

This week’s sermon will continue on from where we left off last week as we do an exploration of sin, wrath, and God’s incredible grace. Be sure to be with us Sunday at 10:30am as we come to hear what God has to say to us through the important Epistle of Jude.

Do You Love Jesus?

The question “Do you love Jesus” seems like an easy question to answer but is it really?

Stanley Hauerwas sermon at Duke Divinity School is a convicting and powerful message that was given to Seminary students but I think is relevant to all of us.

 

Thank you Dr. Michelson

Serving in God’s Strength

When God called me into ministry almost 5 years ago, never did I imagine that He would call me into the role of Senior Pastor at Dayspring.  I’m honored that God called me but I also understand that everything we do as a church and congregation is in His strength and not ours. So as we as a church family embark on this next chapter at Dayspring, I want to say thank you to everyone for your love and support and I’m extremely excited to see where God takes us!

Psalm 73:26

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

~Pastor Bill